The Functions of Grief

  • James R. Averill
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (CISJ)


Grief, like other important human problems such as death, was seriously neglected in psychological theory and research for a very long time. One reason for the new place achieved by grief in our field is the stimulating contributions of Averill. In this chapter, he elaborates his conception of grief and discusses its determinants and functions at the biological, psychological, and social levels.


Depressive Symptom Social Bond Psychosomatic Medicine Maternal Separation Depressive Reaction 
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  • James R. Averill
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  1. 1.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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